Farmhouse Table Makeover

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Pine 1x6s and 1x8s plus some 2x2s for support underneath

My husband had a hideous kmart table (see the before pic) with target chairs that he bought before we were married more than 9 years ago. I have never liked that table but it was what we could afford at the time. The table managed to make it through 4 military moves before I ripped it apart last week and used Ana's farmhouse table plan to make the planked top with pine boards. Her plan calls for 2 inch boards and I used 1 inch boards but it turned out great and I love it. And I bought new chairs from to go with it. I'm a beginner woodworker and have only made a few small projects but this one was manageable for me. I love love love my new table!

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
On the tabletop: Minwax Dark Walnut oil-based wood stain (used wood conditioner first) and then 3 coats of Minwax Semi-Gloss Polyurethane. For the stain, I brushed it on with a foam brush, let sit 15 minutes and then wiped excess off with a rag. Only one application was needed for a nice deep warm color. On the table bottom and legs: Valspar Dark Kettle Black semi-gloss paint.
Estimated Cost: 
Including wood, screws, primer, paint, stain, poly, sandpaper, and brushes, just under $100


Wow, you did an imazing job...I've been looking for one of those hideous tables forever....I'm going to keep looking...then when I find one redo it.

I have a super old table my parents gave us (and it was used when they got it too...when I was 9!) Anyhow, it has that exact type of leg. I have been wondering if the legs would work if I wanted to use them for our farmhouse table when I get up the guts to give building a try :) Thanks so much, your picture gives me hope!!

I have this same table, and I am wanting to redo it thanks for the info. I was wondering what you did when you painted the bottom of the table, did you have to sand it a lot? What were the steps you took?
Thanks so much!! The table looks awesome!

That is a gorgeous table! I've been looking to build a Farmhouse table and yours is really inspiring! Thank you!

That is a gorgeous table! I've been looking to build a Farmhouse table and yours is really inspiring! Thank you!

Nice info, Useful for my job…this has made my life (my projects) goes a lot easier. Keep up the good work, thanks very much…